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  1. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    European dreams crushed again. Very happy with the FA Cup run. Made a lot of much needed money (board sold my DM against my wishes) but finally ran into a bigger faster stronger team. Draw was very kind to us, only had to beat 1 team in a higher league, team that beat me was 2 leagues higher. Doing great in league, sitting first by 3 pts, will post a full overview at midpoint of the season.
  2. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    Not a horrible first year but the season ended poorly. Competed for the top spot most of the year but things just got bogged down and went on a run of bad draws. Consistency at this level is frustrating. Typical cup run, maybe next year for that FA Vase win or a decent FA Cup run. Overall not too disappointed, am sure that it will take a season or two to go up.
  3. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    This years youth intake. Not a bad D Cwill probably be a backup player soon, but its my deepest position on the pitch. The AML will be a potential replacement in a few years. Problem with this save is almost none of my players ever come close to their potential. 4 of my top 15 players are homegrown talent. The lack of funds keeps my training grounds and coaching at prohibitively low levels. So good intakes rarely materialize into what they could be.
  4. Cherry-Picking My Way To The Top!

    Nice career choice, looking forward to tracking your progress.
  5. Well done, looking forward to your next thread!
  6. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    Mid point in my first County League Season (step 9 on the FA pyramid). Think I'm well set up for the next run of games, been on a good run recently but getting that one promotion spot might be tough. Lost 1-0 to the league leaders, will probably need to beat them to win the league. Cups pretty uneventful. This is the last league for FA Vase, was hoping to make a good run but that did not occur. I'll probably get another shot at it next year. Still have a quarterfinal game left before my sole focus becomes the league table.
  7. Yet another San Marino save

    Sorry to hear that, was enjoying your run in San Marino
  8. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    Was greatly inspired by this Eupore Run so I thought a focus on winning the FA Cup would be a nice goal, you know to get that auto-qualifying spot. Well maybe not this year. Good start to the league season, sitting in 2nd after 4 games.
  9. Really fun read and an amazing accomplishment. What's next? Still waiting on a shot at the national team?
  10. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    It came down to the last game few games of the season but a nice 3 match winning run got me through as Champion. Pretty lousy cup season, one quarterfinal is all I could muster. Decent GK on the youth intake, maybe he will be ready when my current goalie retires in a few years. Next season is tough, only one promotion spot available, nevertheless lvl 9 here I come! Interesting side note, I received two international job offers this year, France and Spain, I passed on both but applied for the Scotland job, denied. Go figure.
  11. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    Mid-season update Had a great start to the season but eventually a few injuries and a packed schedule bogged me down. Better as things leveled out. In good position to challenge for promotion in the 2nd half. Grabbed a DR on loan to cover a weak spot then a takeover bogged down any further player movements. Still no resolution so just dealing with my squad on hand. Won my first FA Cup game and the next round replay netted the biggest crown in our history. Made more on gate in the first month than I did all of the previous year.
  12. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    First season done in SC1. Start and end to the season were good, but during the middle went on a 15 game run where I only managed 9 pts. Remained very competitive throughout most losses were by one goal, GD was positive throughout the season. Not so great in the cups either, but won a few in the FA Vase before being knocked out. Lost my goalie and striker at the same time for a month, was a big contributing factor to the poor form. Ended the season well, moving up to tenth from fifteenth. Signed a young DM to help strengthen my mid-field. Hoping to compete for a promotion spot next season.
  13. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    The one name missing there is my assistant manager who has been with me since day 1, Terry McPhillips. He applied when I posted the job and has not left, being unpaid for the majority of his tenure. IRL he's the asst mgr for Blackpool currently, having been at Blackburn and other posts previously.
  14. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    Definite kudos to Dan for his db, it is what keeps me coming back for these marathon saves.
  15. [FM17] Keymer & Hassocks

    Been working on this save for some time now, thought I would give a quick update and see if anyone else has been doing this. It has been a difficult slog the past few seasons but hope springs eternal that the premier league is a goal. Pretty standard setup, no coaching badges, started at lvl 22 in english pyramid, did not restrict my recruitment of players from other teams. The first years were easy, lots of trophies, lots of league titles, kept a core group of players together who played well. Good goalkeeper and a good striker made things roll smoothly. Most of the time I used a fairly simple 4231, with control mentality. I had a couple of blips in lvl 12 and added a DM, changing things up to a 4141 DM which helped keep things stable. Lvl 11 was rough. Team went semi-pro but could only offer bonuses, no contracts to any players. The first couple years I was competitive and then the next two I was in a relegation battle. Finding a striker was a challenge and when I did, I cruised through the league and won promotion, only missed title by a point. Without my new striker I staved off relegation on goal differential, with my striker I finished 9 pts clear of 3rd place. One other comment about Lvl 11, it adds four league winners into the table each year and relegates four. The four winners are always favorites for promotions and are stacked with players who would never consider playing for me. This seems to be a product of reputation and makes it additionally challenging to win promotion. One note about my board. In previous years and saves a change in ownership often brings an influx of cash. Sometimes this happens frequently. Not so for this save. 1 change in ownership, zero investment. I'll in the red next season and have had no upgrades to any facilities. Poor luck for this save. Couple of screenshots I'm almost through my first season in the Southern Combination Football League Division One. Can now offer real P/T contracts which is a relief, no more poaching. Back in the FA Vase (yay prize money). It's been a roller coaster year and I should finish mid table with a strong finish. I'll do a full update once that is done. I'd love to hear of others who have been at this and if their experiences match my own. I'm probably skipping fm18 and playing this out to see if I can get to the premier league.